Five reasons to see “Five Ways In” at the Walker
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Five reasons to see “Five Ways In” at the Walker

“Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection,” opened Feb. 14, 2019 and will remain on view through Sept. 19, 2021 in Galleries four, five and six of the Walker Art Center. Here are my five reasons to see “Five Ways.” For the context: Andy Warhol said he didn’t expect to be paid for the time…

A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08
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A tale of two artists: the works of Caroline Kent and Lela Pierce ’08

The Twin Cities accomplishes what few other mid-sized metro areas in the country do: maintain and support a thriving art culture. The Twin Cities produces (and manages to keep and groom) its own artists and major art spaces for significant periods of time, maintaining national notoriety and regional significance. The major institutions in the Twin…

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The Parking Ramp Project: Parking Spaces, Transient Places

One of the last stations in the Blue Line directed to Mall of America is Bloomington’s Metro Central Station. A two minute walk from the station leaves you at a corporate parking garage. During most days of the year, this parking garage is used to house the vehicles of HealthPartners Corporate, an insurance company and…

Siah Armajani ’63 discusses his Walker retrospective
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Siah Armajani ’63 discusses his Walker retrospective

Last Thursday, September 20, during the heaviest torrential rain I’ve witnessed in the past year, I made my way to the Walker Art Center. Siah Armajani ’63 was giving a talk about his life as an artist, in relation to the new exhibition of his work at the Walker, “Follow This Line.” The exhibition is…

Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia
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Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia

Professor Cecilia Espinosa Arango is an imposing, aristocratic figure. She has wild, short bobbed hair, in the style of Fran Lebowitz and Beethoven. Like many other Latin Americans who earn the title of orchestra conductor, in her professional context she translates to the eye as both animated and serious. Think of “The Incredibles’” Edna Mode,…

Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit
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Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit

The Walker Art Center’s “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018,” about the California-New York-based conceptual artist, is the first major retrospective of Ruppersberg’s work in 30 years. His body of work, eclectic and erudite, doesn’t follow one specific thread of thought, but is always deliberate. There is no piece empty of meaning in this exhibit. A…

Hatakeyama photographs tsunami aftermath in “Tracing the Future”
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Hatakeyama photographs tsunami aftermath in “Tracing the Future”

“Tracing the Future,” shown in John B. Davis Lecture Hall on Sunday, March 4, chronicles the works of acclaimed Japanese photographer and artist Naoya Hatakeyama. Following the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, which caused the death of Hatakeyama’s mother and destroyed his hometown of Rikuzentakata, he returned and took seven years of photographs — eight thousand frames….